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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sabbath Keeping

Love Constraining to Obedience

Chorus: To see the Law by Christ fulfilled,
To hear His pardoning voice,
Changes a slave into a child
And duty into choice.

1. No strength of nature can suffice
To serve the Lord aright
And what she has, she misapplies,
For want of clearer light.
(Repeat chorus)

2. How long beneath the Law I lay
In bondage and distress
I toiled the precept to obey,
But toiled without success.
(Repeat chorus)

3. Then to abstain from outward sin
Was more than I could do
Now if I feel its power within
I feel I hate it too.
(Repeat chorus)

4. Then all my servile works were done,
A righteousness to raise
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose His ways.

"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has-- or ever will have-- something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression."

~ Fred Rogers

“Being a lover of freedom, when the [Nazi] revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...”

“Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler’s campaign for suppressing the truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly.”

— Albert Einstein

"But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD ? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." I Samuel 15:22

Blessings ~ another mini-vacation in the form of the Sabbath ~ wise men thorough the ages ~ dear hymns ~ the i-net neighborhood ~ our own cozy home and farm ~ kittens on my lap ~ apple muffins in the oven ~


  1. What a beautiful inspiring post this Sunday Morning! MAny thanks for your thoughts nad prayers in your comments to my blog. I really appreciate them and so does my DH who is healing!

    SMiles, Cyndi

  2. Wonderful! I read something similar this past week by the Puritan preacher David Clarkson.
    Thank you for your nice comments you left on my blog. I look forward to swappin' howdies with you and being encouraged by your posts.

  3. Lovely poignant post.

    Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~ Marydon

  4. Blessings to you and may you have a wonderful week ahead!
    Our weather is cooler than normal.
    I'm praying for a pleasantly long Indian Summer.
    I always enjoy your blog,

  5. I so love the Einstein quote. Thank you for spreading the wisdom!


  6. Welcome Cyndi - hope husband is feeling Much Better and you're stress free. Many thanks for your visit, always enjoy your comments.

    Welcome Debbie - don't know Clarkson but will research him; always enjoy finding new men of God.

    Welcome Marydon - thank you; words to chew on this week, eh? -smile-

    Welcome Deanna - thank you and I always enjoy your comments and visiting me. Wonder if Indian Summer will be as "strange" as summer?

    Welcome Jen - you're welcome. I think people tend to forget Einstein was first a European before coming to the USA. He knows, firsthand, the pitfalls of Too Much Government!


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